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Re: My Gr. 9 Science Fair Project: Questions
From: email@example.com (Stephen Throop)
> Well, some say it's a big jump from dinosaurs to mammals, but okay. Am
> I right that modern African herd animals are in no danger of extinction
> from the croc scourge?
> Do relatively few meet their fate in the jaws of a croc?
No. Crocs eat a fairly large number of them (perhaps not as many as lions
and hyenas eat, but still alot).
> Wouldn't parsimony suggest the same relationship between hadrosaurs and
Yep: that is crocs ate lots of hadrosaurs, and they survived by producing
lots of offspring.
> >... Rarely, if ever, will the enter water to escape
> >predators because predators can follow them into the water and because they
> >risk the chance of being eatern by crocodiles.
> Great! We're back to Della's question from two weeks ago!
Yep - and we get the *same* *answer* again. Edmostosaura would have
been foolish to run into the water to escape a T. rex because:
a) it wouldn't work anyway
b) they would run a significant chance of being eaten by a croc.
Swimming speed is not that important in avoiding crocs, since crocs are
The peace of God be with you.
[ Ok, now that we've gone full circle, can we stop rather than doing
another lap? -- MR ]